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November 14, 2014

Dear Shipmates,

 

The doldrums before the holidays are upon us. This newsletter is intended to clean up loose ends and will welcome several new AOM members as well as announce the sad notice of a death in the AOM family.

 

A DEATH IN THE MINEMAN FAMILY

 

Some of you may remember MNCS Garry Mason who was an AOM member some time back. We are saddened to report the passing of his wife, Tommie Sue Mason.

 

 

 

Though she passed away five months ago, her obituary read:


 

Tommie Sue Parkinson Mason, 75, of Bonneau, SC, former owner and operator of Mason House Kennels, died Saturday afternoon June 14, 2014 in Bonneau, SC, at her residence.

Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday afternoon, June 20, 2014, at the graveside in Macedonia Christian Church Cemetery. Interment will follow, directed by Dial-Murray Funeral Home, Moncks Corner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials go to the Doc Williams SPCA, 502 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

Mrs. Mason was born May 12, 1939, in Stamford, Texas, a daughter of Thomas Parkinson and Mae Burleson Lollar Parkinson. She was a member of the Macedonia Christian Church and enjoyed running her kennels and being a foster parent. Mrs. Mason also loved horseback riding, camping, and spending time with all of her animals. She was married to Garry Mason on November 10, 1985 in Arizona.

Surviving are, her husband, retired Senior Chief Mineman, Garry Mason; a daughter, Terry Lou Brown of Orlando, FL; two sons, Tommy Brown of Oregon, and Danny Brown of Orlando, FL; two step daughters, Melissa Mason Hughes of Rockford, IL, and Bianca Smith of Oshkosh, WI; two step sons, Duane Mason and Darnell Mason both of New York, NY; a sister, Jackie Lou Propst of Dallas, TX; and eight grandchildren. 

 

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Garry wrote a letter out-lining his Mineman career and notifying us of the loss of Tommie Sue:

 

I have been a member of the association for many years, but I have lost touch since my retirement in 1995. I am sending a check for $100.00, and I will trust you to apply it to my membership as necessary.

I will give you a quick run down of my past career, I enlisted Jan 18th, 1971 , went to RTC at Great Lakes, then to MN"A" school Charleston, graduated and went to NAVMAG Subic RR Returning to COMOMAG Charleston March of 1973.1 spent many years deploying back and forth, I was a Plank owner at Momag Unit Nine Subic Bay, Comomag Charleston, three tours at Momag Det Six Souda, Crete GR., two tours at FMWTC Charleston were I instructed the following areas, MNA students bottom mine and moored mines. MN'C Test Equipment Cal Course, Mk67 SLMM, and Mine counter measures course "officers" Momag Unit 5 Sig. IT and retired at CoMomag Charleston.

Since retirement, I been in law enforcement (19 years),. I started with the Medical University of SC, then I went to the City of Charleston Police Department for eight years and then to my present job at the Town of Moncks Corner SC.

My wife of almost 30 years, Tommie Sue Mason passed away on Jun 14th, 2014. She had been ill for many years and now is at peace with our Lord and Savior. I did want to come to the reunion this year but the timing was bad and I could not make it.

One other comment, to my old friend Mike Whitner, I no longer have a address or number for you, I did get the flowers for Tommie Sue, many thanks for your warm thoughts.

 

Sincerely,

 Garry R. Mason, MNCS Ret P.O.Box 567 Bonneau, SC 29431 (843) 825-6889  mashous@tas.net

 

 

 

 

STEPHANIE COWART RETIREMENT PARTY


 

LT Stephanie Moss Cowart


 

I personally never thought this day would come. Really! Any mineman who has ever met Stephanie will come away with some really good vibes. She has been one of the most ardent supporters of AOM and has achieved "rock star" status in the surface fleet. As a close friend of Stephanie, I join in with her friends and shipmates in wishing her a wonderful life and comfortable retirement after a great career as an officer and a mineman. I hope that her retirement party will be well-attended by those who hold her in as high regard as she deserves.


  Stephanie writes:


 

My time has finally come and I will be retiring 6 Dec 2014. For most of you, I know you aren't able to attend, but out of my respect for you, I am sending you an invitation. For those that I know are planning on attending, I don't have your mailing address to send an invitation to.

 

I would like to thank each and every one of you...if you are on this email, you had had a positive impact on my career in some form or fashion or we had a blast working together. It's been one hell of a ride!

 

Very Respectfully,

LT Stephanie "The Princess" Cowart

 

Details are as follows:

 

Unless you are encumbered or providentially hindered, I urge you, service member or civilian, to attend this event. Click here for your invitation.

Visit her FACEBOOK page. Write for directions if you can;t find Franklin, VA
 

NEW AOM PRESIDENT SWORN IN

 

 

Tracey Hays has been elected as the new President of AOM, by acclamation. MNCM Tracey Hays has been a mover and a shaker, an individual of 
impressive stature and an individual who has been a credit to the U.S Navy and our beloved organization, the Association of Minemen. Her resume doesn't 
reflect the true nature of her character or personality. From my personal knowledge, she has assumed any and all responsibilities requiring leadership. During our hour of need, Tracey readily accepted the responsibility of Ship's Storekeeper, a task she continues to  hold. Without her contributions, we would have lagged behind the standards that we could have achieved. AOM is proud
and privileged to have Tracey Hays as the new President of AOM.

 
YOU GO, GIRL!

 
NEW MINEMEN
 
 
 

 

 

 

You guys and gals who joined AOM in the past few years probably get tired of hearing war stories from the old geezers who formed AOM back in 1974. This was before many of you were born. It's about time that you took the helm and relieved some of the 'gray beards' who plowed through the waves when you were wet behind the ears. You may be Bos'n's Mates, Sonarmen, Gunner's Mates or Operations Specialists involved with Mine Warfare. The "new" mineman comes in several strips and flavors. We welcome you to the fold.

  
OLD SHIPMATE ALMOST FORGOTTEN

 
     
 

 

 

How many folks remember Tadeus "Ted" Jaromin? Born in Poland and  a naturalized citizen, he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Azuma Island, Yokosuka, Japan in 1957. I was reminded by Reg Vollmer who was a buddy with whom I worked with in Mine Assembly. I have not had contact with Reg for 57 years. Can you believe it? Dan Priest was our POIC and took a lot of abuse from the MNSNs who scraped paint and refurbished Mk 36s and Mk 25s. Ted has been added to our taps page. His final record may be found at Find-a-Grave.

 

THE UP AND COMING NAVY

 

Since I was blessed with the most beautiful of grand-daughters, I would be remiss if I didn't share a photo of one of the runners-up. Tom and Marta Hoffman shared a photo with me that really needs to shared with our membership. Tom was in the Yorktown class of 1957 and is a current AOM Board member. His Mineman 'A' School class has been one of the most faithful attendees at AOM reunions of any of the classes of NSMW. And here is their beautiful granddaughter, Molly:

 

 

 

 

Hats off to those who have made a positive influence on their children and grand children. What could make a more positive statement than to steer the younger generation toward a career in the U. S. Navy.

 

     

 

MN1 (SW) Rachel Chapman has directed these two darlings toward the career that she has excelled in since her enlistment in Dallas. She is featured in our tribute to the "New Navy"  Rachel is also a member of TogetherWeServed.

 


 

 

 
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This newsletter is being sent to AOM members who continue to appreciate and treasure the pride they have in their service with the most elite rating in the U.S. Navy, that of Mineman. Since the founding of the Mineman rating, on October 12, 1943, it's hard to reach all those who have served in this exclusive branch of the U. S. Navy. It is estimated that no more than 3,000 sailors ever wore the mineman rating on their left shoulder. AOM continues to exist as an organization representing those who have a common love and desire for the fraternity that exists among this select band of brothers. If you know any compatriots who served with you as minemen who are not currently AOM members, please invite them to join our ranks.

 

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November 14, 2014

Dear Shipmates,

 

The doldrums before the holidays are upon us. This newsletter is intended to clean up loose ends and will welcome several new AOM members as well as announce the sad notice of a death in the AOM family.

 

A DEATH IN THE MINEMAN FAMILY

 

Some of you may remember MNCS Garry Mason who was an AOM member some time back. We are saddened to report the passing of his wife, Tommie Sue Mason.

 

 

 

Though she passed away five months ago, her obituary read:


 

Tommie Sue Parkinson Mason, 75, of Bonneau, SC, former owner and operator of Mason House Kennels, died Saturday afternoon June 14, 2014 in Bonneau, SC, at her residence.

Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday afternoon, June 20, 2014, at the graveside in Macedonia Christian Church Cemetery. Interment will follow, directed by Dial-Murray Funeral Home, Moncks Corner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials go to the Doc Williams SPCA, 502 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

Mrs. Mason was born May 12, 1939, in Stamford, Texas, a daughter of Thomas Parkinson and Mae Burleson Lollar Parkinson. She was a member of the Macedonia Christian Church and enjoyed running her kennels and being a foster parent. Mrs. Mason also loved horseback riding, camping, and spending time with all of her animals. She was married to Garry Mason on November 10, 1985 in Arizona.

Surviving are, her husband, retired Senior Chief Mineman, Garry Mason; a daughter, Terry Lou Brown of Orlando, FL; two sons, Tommy Brown of Oregon, and Danny Brown of Orlando, FL; two step daughters, Melissa Mason Hughes of Rockford, IL, and Bianca Smith of Oshkosh, WI; two step sons, Duane Mason and Darnell Mason both of New York, NY; a sister, Jackie Lou Propst of Dallas, TX; and eight grandchildren. 

 

-------------------------------------------------

 

Garry wrote a letter out-lining his Mineman career and notifying us of the loss of Tommie Sue:

 

I have been a member of the association for many years, but I have lost touch since my retirement in 1995. I am sending a check for $100.00, and I will trust you to apply it to my membership as necessary.

I will give you a quick run down of my past career, I enlisted Jan 18th, 1971 , went to RTC at Great Lakes, then to MN"A" school Charleston, graduated and went to NAVMAG Subic RR Returning to COMOMAG Charleston March of 1973.1 spent many years deploying back and forth, I was a Plank owner at Momag Unit Nine Subic Bay, Comomag Charleston, three tours at Momag Det Six Souda, Crete GR., two tours at FMWTC Charleston were I instructed the following areas, MNA students bottom mine and moored mines. MN'C Test Equipment Cal Course, Mk67 SLMM, and Mine counter measures course "officers" Momag Unit 5 Sig. IT and retired at CoMomag Charleston.

Since retirement, I been in law enforcement (19 years),. I started with the Medical University of SC, then I went to the City of Charleston Police Department for eight years and then to my present job at the Town of Moncks Corner SC.

My wife of almost 30 years, Tommie Sue Mason passed away on Jun 14th, 2014. She had been ill for many years and now is at peace with our Lord and Savior. I did want to come to the reunion this year but the timing was bad and I could not make it.

One other comment, to my old friend Mike Whitner, I no longer have a address or number for you, I did get the flowers for Tommie Sue, many thanks for your warm thoughts.

 

Sincerely,

 Garry R. Mason, MNCS Ret P.O.Box 567 Bonneau, SC 29431 (843) 825-6889  mashous@tas.net

 

 

 

 

STEPHANIE COWART RETIREMENT PARTY


 

LT Stephanie Moss Cowart


 

I personally never thought this day would come. Really! Any mineman who has ever met Stephanie will come away with some really good vibes. She has been one of the most ardent supporters of AOM and has achieved "rock star" status in the surface fleet. As a close friend of Stephanie, I join in with her friends and shipmates in wishing her a wonderful life and comfortable retirement after a great career as an officer and a mineman. I hope that her retirement party will be well-attended by those who hold her in as high regard as she deserves.


  Stephanie writes:


 

My time has finally come and I will be retiring 6 Dec 2014. For most of you, I know you aren't able to attend, but out of my respect for you, I am sending you an invitation. For those that I know are planning on attending, I don't have your mailing address to send an invitation to.

 

I would like to thank each and every one of you...if you are on this email, you had had a positive impact on my career in some form or fashion or we had a blast working together. It's been one hell of a ride!

 

Very Respectfully,

LT Stephanie "The Princess" Cowart

 

Details are as follows:

 

Unless you are encumbered or providentially hindered, I urge you, service member or civilian, to attend this event. Click here for your invitation.

Visit her FACEBOOK page. Write for directions if you can;t find Franklin, VA
 

NEW AOM PRESIDENT SWORN IN

 

 

Tracey Hays has been elected as the new President of AOM, by acclamation. MNCM Tracey Hays has been a mover and a shaker, an individual of 
impressive stature and an individual who has been a credit to the U.S Navy and our beloved organization, the Association of Minemen. Her resume doesn't 
reflect the true nature of her character or personality. From my personal knowledge, she has assumed any and all responsibilities requiring leadership. During our hour of need, Tracey readily accepted the responsibility of Ship's Storekeeper, a task she continues to  hold. Without her contributions, we would have lagged behind the standards that we could have achieved. AOM is proud
and privileged to have Tracey Hays as the new President of AOM.

 
YOU GO, GIRL!

 
NEW MINEMEN
 
 
 

 

 

 

You guys and gals who joined AOM in the past few years probably get tired of hearing war stories from the old geezers who formed AOM back in 1974. This was before many of you were born. It's about time that you took the helm and relieved some of the 'gray beards' who plowed through the waves when you were wet behind the ears. You may be Bos'n's Mates, Sonarmen, Gunner's Mates or Operations Specialists involved with Mine Warfare. The "new" mineman comes in several strips and flavors. We welcome you to the fold.

  
OLD SHIPMATE ALMOST FORGOTTEN

 
     
 

 

 

How many folks remember Tadeus "Ted" Jaromin? Born in Poland and  a naturalized citizen, he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Azuma Island, Yokosuka, Japan in 1957. I was reminded by Reg Vollmer who was a buddy with whom I worked with in Mine Assembly. I have not had contact with Reg for 57 years. Can you believe it? Dan Priest was our POIC and took a lot of abuse from the MNSNs who scraped paint and refurbished Mk 36s and Mk 25s. Ted has been added to our taps page. His final record may be found at Find-a-Grave.

 

THE UP AND COMING NAVY

 

Since I was blessed with the most beautiful of grand-daughters, I would be remiss if I didn't share a photo of one of the runners-up. Tom and Marta Hoffman shared a photo with me that really needs to shared with our membership. Tom was in the Yorktown class of 1957 and is a current AOM Board member. His Mineman 'A' School class has been one of the most faithful attendees at AOM reunions of any of the classes of NSMW. And here is their beautiful granddaughter, Molly:

 

 

 

 

Hats off to those who have made a positive influence on their children and grand children. What could make a more positive statement than to steer the younger generation toward a career in the U. S. Navy.

 

     

 

MN1 (SW) Rachel Chapman has directed these two darlings toward the career that she has excelled in since her enlistment in Dallas. She is featured in our tribute to the "New Navy"  Rachel is also a member of TogetherWeServed.

 

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This newsletter is being sent to AOM members who continue to appreciate and treasure the pride they have in their service with the most elite rating in the U.S. Navy, that of Mineman. Since the founding of the Mineman rating, on October 12, 1943, it's hard to reach all those who have served in this exclusive branch of the U. S. Navy. It is estimated that no more than 3,000 sailors ever wore the mineman rating on their left shoulder. AOM continues to exist as an organization representing those who have a common love and desire for the fraternity that exists among this select band of brothers. If you know any compatriots who served with you as minemen who are not currently AOM members, please invite them to join our ranks.

 

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